Updates (Page 45)

November 29, 2011

Rest in Peace, Dr. T. Franklin Williams

Those who care about increasing the good years of life through medical advances have lost another champion with the passing of Dr. T. Franklin Williams.
November 22, 2011

Thankful for More Years – And Hopeful for Better Ones

Americans are living longer than ever – and that’s something to be thankful for. As Time points out, our oldest population is getting older as well.
November 17, 2011

Forget the Finger Wagging: It’s Aging, Stupid

It was reported on the NBC Today Show that type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide – the number of adults suffering from the disease has doubled since 1980, and will double again by 2030. Why the uptick? Anchor Natalie Morales attributed the increase to “weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.” There’s only one problem: It’s not true.
November 15, 2011

Age Reversal In Human Cells Points Way to Treatments

A story from the Agence France-Press wire service documents the strides being taken toward greater understanding of the aging process. The AFP highlighted a new technique out of France by which “cells from elderly donors can be rejuvenated as stem cells, erasing the ravages of age and showing that aging is reversible.”
November 14, 2011

FDA Under Fire

Last month, the FDA published a long awaited report on biomedical innovation, their only course of defense in the recent onslaught against the agency. Historically, the FDA has played a significant role in the protection of our health, assuming sole responsibility for the approval of medical products, but it appears that congressional confidence in the agency is waning.
October 26, 2011

Why Isn’t Alzheimer’s Research Keeping Up with the Disease?

Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 killer disease in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even treated effectively over time. One big barrier: there are not enough volunteers for experimental drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease.
October 13, 2011

And Naked Came the Mole Rat

Here at the Alliance for Aging Research we are huge fans of the African naked mole rat. Now, why would anyone love a 4-inch squinty-eyed hairless wrinkled rodent with buck teeth?
October 7, 2011

One More Step to Reasoned Understanding of Stem-Cell Research

Scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory have done what scientists do best: they have narrowed the question. By creating cells capable of growing into any cell type in the human body, research is moving us beyond fear mongering over cloning technologies to study these cells as potential weapons against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and other medical maladies.
June 30, 2011

PDUFA V Can Help Patients and the FDA

On June 26, 2011 I was interviewed by BioCentury This Week to share the Alliance for Aging Research’s impressions on the fifth reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration’s Prescription Drug User Fee program. Thanks to Congress, we and other active patient groups were able to lend an early voice in helping to shape how user fees might be used to help speed the delivery of better treatments and cures to patient in need of relief from Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Parkinson’s and many more diseases.  
February 2, 2011

“Rescuing Cognition”: CA vs. Alzheimer’s Disease ~ By Don Reed

This is one of the best articles on Alzheimer's I’ve seen to date. It is written by Don C. Reed, a stem cell activist in California, on the promise of current research, and on embryonic stem cells; bringing attention to a subject that is often forgotten and underfunded.